Auction 133, Lot 439

"Picardiae, Belgicae regionis descriptio. Joanne Surhonio auctore", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: France

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

20 x 12.8 inches
50.8 x 32.5 cm

Superb example of the decorative style of Ortelius, based on the cartography of Jean Surhon. The map is filled with detail of the countryside along the Somme River, includes Abbeville, Amiens, Saint Quentin and La Fere (which was obviously a larger city in the sixteenth century than it is today). Two large and elaborate strapwork cartouches decorate the map at top and bottom. Latin text on verso, from the 1584 edition.

References: Van den Broecke #46.

Condition: A

Short fold separation in bottom margin, closed with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $275


Closed on 9/1/2010